Eliza Taylor

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Eliza Taylor
Eliza Taylor by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Taylor at the 2016 WonderCon
Born
Eliza Jane Taylor-Cotter

(1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 29)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Other namesEliza Taylor-Cotter
OccupationActress
Years active2003–present
Notable work

Eliza Jane Taylor-Cotter[1] (born 24 October 1989[2]), known professionally as Eliza Taylor, is an Australian actress. She is best known for her roles as Janae Timmins on the Australian soap opera Neighbours (2005–08) and Clarke Griffin on The CW drama series The 100 (2014–present).

Early life[edit]

Eliza was born in Melbourne and has three siblings: two sisters and one brother. Her mother is an author and a graphic designer and her step father was a stand up comedian. Her biological father used to own cafés around Melbourne. Taylor wanted to be a marine biologist growing up.[3].

Career[edit]

2003–2013: Career beginnings and Neighbours[edit]

After a lead role in Pirate Islands, she starred as Rosie Cartwright in The Sleepover Club in 2003. She transitioned to mature audience programs with a guest role on Blue Heelers in 2003.

Taylor, as many Australian actors, got her big breakthrough in the Australian soap opera Neighbours in 2005. She secured the role of Janae Timmins after previously appearing in a guest role in 2003.[4] Taylor had originally auditioned for the role of Lana Crawford, however, it was actress Bridget Neval who was eventually cast.[5] In 2007, Nell Feeney and Sianoa Smit-McPhee, who play Taylor's on-screen mother Janelle Timmins and sister Bree Timmins, were written out by executive producer Ric Pellizzeri, but it was confirmed that they wanted Taylor-Cotter to remain in the serial as Janae.[6] Later that year, Taylor-Cotter decided to quit the serial to pursue other projects such as pantomime and a further career in the USA.[7] One of the contributing factors that helped Taylor-Cotter reach this decision was that all of her on-screen family had been written out and new cast members gave the serial the feel of a different place. She also added: "It just didn't feel like the family that I joined when I started three years ago.[8] Taylor-Cotter was one of many cast members that quit the serial at the same time. Taylor-Cotter finished filming her final studio scenes in 2007 and her final episode was screened on 8 February 2008. In 2007, Taylor was nominated for Best Female at the Inside Soap Awards.

Taylor travelled to the United Kingdom in late November 2007, and on 1 December 2007 she turned on the Weymouth Christmas lights. On 19 December, Taylor starred as Snow White in a Christmas pantomime, again in Weymouth.[1][9] In 2009, she was in an episode of All Saints and filmed a short drama/comedy movie called The Laundromat.[10] Taylor filmed a role in the horror movie 6plots.[11] She later filmed the pilot of Winners & Losers.[12]

2014–present: Role in The 100 and further recognition[edit]

Taylor at the San Diego Comic-Con for The 100, July 2013

On 1 March 2013, it was announced that Taylor was cast as lead character of Clarke Griffin in the new The CW post-apocalyptic drama series The 100.[13][14] The series premiered on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 9PM.[15] Explaining how she got the part in the series, Taylor said:

"I didn't actually audition. I'd been living in LA for about a month and my credit card was stolen and all my money was taken – spent at Home Depot, which was great – and I was ready to pack my bags and go back to Australia because I didn't know how I was going to survive in LA any longer and then I got a call from my manager to say that an audition I'd done months ago for a film had been looked at by the producers of this TV show called The 100 and they wanted me to go in for a reading the next day. So I read the script that night and loved it and went in for the meeting the next day and got the role. Before I knew it I was on a plane to Vancouver to shoot the pilot and my whole life changed."[16]

For her role in The 100, Taylor was nominated for Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy at the Teen Choice Awards from 2015 to 2018.

In 2017, she starred as Ellen Langford in the Netflix Christmas romantic drama film Christmas Inheritance.

Eliza and her long time friend Claire Wyndham started Koh Tao International Primary, a non–profit primary school in Ko Tao, Thailand.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Laundromat Amy Short film
2012 6 Plots Amy Challis
2012 Planes Maria Short film
2013 Patrick Nurse Panicale
2013 Natural Woman Short film
2014 The November Man Sarah
2017 Thumper Kat Carter
2017 Christmas Inheritance Ellen Langford

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Pirate Islands Sarah Redding 26 episodes
2003 Neighbours Jacinta Martin 2 episodes
2003–2004 The Sleepover Club Rosie Cartwright 26 episodes
2004 Blue Heelers Tatum O'Hara Episode: "Cast the First Stone"
2005–2008 Neighbours Janae Timmins 166 episodes
2006 Blue Water High Heidi Lee Episode #35
2008 Rush Madison Episode: "Get Lucky"
2009 Packed to the Rafters Kerry Episode: "Losing the Touch"
2009 All Saints Carly Spalding Episode: "The Two of Us"
2010 City Homicide Melissa Standish Episode: "Last Seen"
2010 Winners & Losers Bridget Gross Episode: "Pilot"
2012 Howzat! Kerry Packer's War Rhonda Miniseries: 1 episode
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Sarah Episode: "Little Boxes"
2013 Nikita Reporter Episode: "Wanted"
2014–present The 100 Clarke Griffin 71 episodes

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2007–2008 Snow White Snow White Weymouth Pavilion, England [18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Neighbours Nominated [19]
All About Soap Awards Wedding Shock (shared with Kyal Marsh) Neighbours Nominated [citation needed]
2008 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Neighbours Nominated [20]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The 100 Nominated [21]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The 100 Nominated [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Bob Morley) The 100 Nominated [23]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress The 100 Nominated [24]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress The 100 Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview With Eliza Taylor-Cotter". Neighbours - The Perfect Blend. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Eliza Taylor". Showcast. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Neighbours: The Perfect Blend | Interview: Eliza Taylor-Cotter". perfectblend.net. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ Houston, Melinda (27 April 2006). "Street of dreams". The Age. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  5. ^ Rigden, Clare (2–8 April 2005). "Girl next door". TV Week. ACP Magazines (14): 8.
  6. ^ "'Neighbours' star unhappy with axings". Digital Spy.
  7. ^ "Four more 'Neighbours' departures announced". Digital Spy.
  8. ^ "Neighbours: The Perfect Blend - Interview: Eliza Taylor-Cotter". perfectblend.net.
  9. ^ "Best panto ever at the Pavilion (From Dorset Echo)". Dorsetecho.co.uk. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Melbourne Film Festival | Made In Melbourne". Mim.org.au. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Film: 6 Plots". Uk.castingcallpro.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  12. ^ http://au.hadnews.com/winners-losers-drama-testing-for-feedback.htm[dead link]
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (28 February 2013). "Australian Actress Eliza Taylor Tapped As The Lead Of CW Pilot 'The Hundred'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  14. ^ "'Neighbours' star Eliza Taylor lands lead in US TV drama 'The Hundred' - US TV News". Digital Spy. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (12 December 2013). "The CW Sets Midseason Schedule & New Series Premiere Dates; 'The Tomorrow People' Moving to Monday" (Press release). Retrieved 21 December 2013 – via TV by the Numbers.
  16. ^ http://www.starburstmagazine.com/features/interviews/9081-interview-eliza-taylor-the-100- Eliza Taylor | THE 100
  17. ^ "Actress, Aussie and philanthropist Eliza Taylor talks 'Thumper'". espnW. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Neighbours: The Perfect Blend | Interview: Eliza Taylor-Cotter". perfectblend.net. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Inside Soap Awards 2007: The Nominations". Digital Spy. 3 July 2007.
  20. ^ "Inside Soap Awards 2008 – Nominations". MSN TV Blog: A Slice of Soap. 16 July 2008.
  21. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. 16 August 2015.
  22. ^ "First Wave of "Teen Choice 2016" Nominees Announced and #1 Voted Surfboard Revealed" (Press release). Fox.
  23. ^ "Vote Now for Wave 2 Teen Choice Nominees!". Teen Choice Awards. Fox. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016.
  24. ^ Ceron, Ella. "The Pretty Little Liars Were ALL Nominated for the Same EXACT Award". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 20 June 2017.

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